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and soldiers this year. >>> in syria a british-based human rights group said over 60 people were killed when there was an attack on a backry. yesterday's air strike was an apparent retaliation for new rebel offensive. elizabeth palmer visited the town in southern syria that's alive with assad regime. >> reporter: conflict has engulfed syria over the past 21 months from one end of the country to the other, but so far it's barely touched the town in southern syria near the border with jordan. the people who live here are a religious group that's allied itself with president bashir al assad. when we arooived in town to meet the governor syrian state media was waiting for it. they're anxious to show care its community showing supporters willing to reinforce the party line, that it's not a civil war but a terrorist campaign by foreign-backed extreme rifts. >> so are you afraid they'll come here to your city? >> of course, we're afraid, the governor told me, if the countries who support al qaeda and the jihadees don't stop, the conflict will come here. so far local authorities have kept it at baby
force in syria. >>> plus christmas miracle, a van smashes into a busy georgia jewelry store. how no one was serious lip hurt. >>> and the cute cubs now in the spotlight at the san diego zoo. >>> what is cool about your school, you can submit your nomination on our web site cbssf.com/cool school and we may come out and feature your school on our show. we'll be right back. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,, ♪ we were skipping stones and letting go ♪ ♪ over the river and down the road ♪ [ female announcer ] at nature valley, we know nature comes together in amazing ways. that's why we bring together natural ingredients, like dark chocolate with toasted oats, or sweet golden honey. perfect combinations of nature's delicious ingredients, from nature valley. ♪ ♪ i was thinking that i hope this never ends ♪ [ female announcer ] nature valley granola bars, everyone survived. this happened in the atlanta . >>> a mini van slams into a jewelry store and everyone survived but not the wall there. this happened in the atlanta area. the store owner looked up and saw the hood of a car coming through the wind
: this is the man chosen to lead a newly formed coalition of syria's opposition groups. >> what does it mean to be recognized by the u.s.? the u.s. administration has big influence globally he told us. a step like that would pull the rug from under the regime on all levels, politically, economically, and militarily. the damascus foreign cleric has long been opposed to the government. he's been jailed numerous times. in july he finally fled to cairo. now he travels the world asking for international support for syria's opposition. do you feel that the international community has done enough to help syria? >> no. the international community fell short in its support to the syrian people, he said, but it is starting to wake up now. so far, though, the u.s. has refused to arm the rebels because of concerns about the rising role of islamic extremists and the rebellious. i think the media has exaggerated this whole issue, he said. we spent quite a bit of time inside syria. on the ground, we've seen extremists operating. the media has been reporting that there are terrorists and radical groups, he
story on the front pages of newspapers today. that is syria. and u.s. intelligence showing that they may be moving some of their stockpiles of chemical weapons. first, here was president obama yesterday, drawing a red line with syria. listen. >> i want to make it absolutely clear to assad and those under his command, the world is watching. the use of chemical weapons is and would be totally unacceptable. and if you make the tragic mistake of using these weapons, there will be consequences and you will be held accountable. >> so, general, does this mean we're closer to u.s. engagement? >> i don't think so at this point. as i understand it what we saw was movement or some activity in the places where they store their chemical weapons. i don't think we've seen the movement of chemical weapons forward to the point where they could be used or put on weapons. but i do think it puts syria on notice that this would be unacceptable behavior and there would be consequences for that behavior. and i like the president's words, will be held accountable. the wo
. whether the u.s. enters the war in syria appears to be up to the dictator bashar al-assad. on monday, david martin reported orte the assad regime had given orders to prepare chemical weapons for possible use to put down the revolt that has been raging in that country for more than a year and a half. oesident obama said the use of these weapons of mass bestruction would be totally unacceptable. well, tonight, david has new intelligence to report, and we have three stories on the breaking news in syria. we'll start with martin at the pentagon. >> reporter: u.s. intelligence so far has not detected any emgns syria is loading chemical weapons on to aircraft, but defense secretary panetta said it appears the embattled assad regime is preparing to do just that. >> there is no question that we remain very concerned, very thecerned that as the opposition advances, in particular on hemascus, that the regime might very well consider the use of chemical weapons. ing eporter: monitoring of syrian basis like this one has picked up evidence engineers have loaded the chemicals which combine to form
formed coalition of syria's opposition groups. what does it mean to be recognized by the u.s.? "the u.s. administration has big influence globally" he told us. "a step like that would pull the rug from under the regime on all levels: politically, economically, and militarily." the damascus-born cleric has long been an outspoken critic of the syrian government. he's been jailed several times since the uprising began. in july, he finally fled to cairo. now he travels the world asking for international support for syria's opposition. do you feel that the international community has done enough to help syria? >> not at all. >> reporter: "the international community fell short in its support to the syrian people" he said. "but it's starting to wake up now." so far, though, the u.s. has refused to arm the rebels because of concerns about the rising role of islamic extremists in the rebellion. "i think the media has exaggerated this whole issue" he said. we've spent quite a bit of time inside syria. on the ground we've seen extremists operating. "the media has been reporting that there are t
, as we said, but, you know, as we said, the terrell?continues. >> susan, thank you so much. >>> to syria now. cbs has learned that the u.s. has discovered they have prepared chemical weapons that could potentially beused against the opposition. right now there are no indications that any of those chemicals could be fixed on military aircraft. meanwhile the obama administration says essentially countries in the middle east have offered asylum to assad and his family. assad has repeatedly said he will not leave syria. the u.s. said he will be accountable for the battle against the syria people. >>> overnight the political turmoil in egypt has turned deadly. they have been secured to security the presidential palace. state tv says at least five people and supporters were killed when they fought in front of the presidential palace in cairo. the army used tanks and troops to control the situation. >>> software guru john mcafee spent the night in a guatemalan jail. he was arrested yesterday for entering the country illegally. he said he crossed the border from belize to seek asylum. he's wante
ending the syria civil war. secretary of state hillary clinton and a top russian diplomat will held a surprise meeting with the united nations peace envoy foreseers, still amid signs for for syria. >>> meanwhile germany approved sending patriot air defense missiles to turkey to protect the country against attacks from neighboring syria. mortar rounds and shells from syria have killed several turks in recent weeks. the decision on the missiles must still be approved by the german parliament. >>> it's official, recreational marijuana use is now legal in washington state. hundreds of of people showed up at the space needle to celebrate at midnight. voters approved the law last month. it only covers adults aged 21 and older. some university of washington students did their homework on the limitations. >> we know it's not legal for us to use it. >> i think people will respect the rule just because i mean there's a lot of consequences if you are caught smoking pot on campus? >> colorado also legalized recreational use of marijuana but that amendment won't take effect until the governor pr
, and for a 30-day free trial, go to axiron.com. >> axelrod: russia's foreign minister says syria's arsenal of chemical weapons is "under control" in two locations. sergei lavrov calls the conflict in syria, not in it's 21st month, a stalemate. he says that "any country wanting to offer sanctuary to syria's president bashar al- assad, should ask him directly. russia is not getting involved." this christmas season, peace on earth seems more elusive than ever. earlier today, i spoke with former undersecretary of state nicholas burns and asked who, if anyone, will be the peace makers? >> when i was growing up listening to people like lyndon baines johnson or richard nixon or hubert humphrey, kennedy, eisenhower before that, their mantra was the highest aspiration of our society should be peace. it's interesting since 9/11 our political leaders have stopped telling us that. it's time they started reminding us again. the ancient elusive goal of peace, it's part of the american tradition. it's part of who we are as a country. >> axelrod: so if the mechanisms of security have to do with the proper
afghan civilians also died. nato says the base was not breached. in syria two car bombs exploded today in the city of homs. at least 15 were killed there, and dozens of others wounded. and fighting also intense five-- intensified around damascus. as kelly cobiella reports rebels are closing in on the capitol. >> reporter: for the first time rebels are challenging the syrian army for control of the main airport. street battles have grounded flights for three days. rebels have also taken control of two military bases. and appear to be planning a push into the center of damascus. assad's army answered with rockets and bombs today. so far the regime has managed to stop an attack on the city and retains control of the airport. but for how long? andrew tabler is an analyst at the washington institute for near east policy. >> the rebels have been able to harass the capital as well as the supply chain for several days. and this is unprecedented in the history of syria. and it's another sign that the assad regime is going to contract and eventually perhaps on its way out. >> the last time rebel
. one was killed, the other had minor injuries. >>> tensions are rising in syria after intelligence official in washington, d.c. reported movement of chemical weapons components in the country in recent days. syria will not confirm if it has chemical weapons. but it is adamant that if it does it would not use them on its people. meanwhile, violence near the airport in damascus forced the flights of egypt to turn back today and the u.n. announced a short time ago it's pulling out all its nonessential staff from the country amid security concerns. >>> an appeals court is hearing the case of former bart police officer who killed an unarmed man in 2009. officer johannes mehserle appealed his conviction in the death of oscar grant. grant was detained by bart police during an altercation was shot and killed. mehserle already served his two- year prison term for involuntary manslaughter but wants to clear his name. lawyers for grant's family will argue against overturning the conviction. >>> the high court delays a decision whether it will review the case of prop 8, california's ban on sam
and retired. captioning funded by cbs >>> welcome to "cbs this morning." crisis in syria may be deepening, but there are also signs of a potential breakthrough. sources tell cbs news the united states has detected signs that syria's government is preparing chemical weapons for possible use. >> secretary of state clinton is holding an unscheduled meeting in ireland with the special envoy to syria. it is a sign that russia may be switching sides to put pressure on syria to stop the fighting. margaret brennan is in dublin covering those talks. good morning, margaret. do you think this is a sign of a diplomatic breakthrough? >> reporter: norah, it's a sign of a possible diplomatic breakthrough. u.n. envoy to syria is flying here to dublin for this last-minute meeting with secretary of state hillary clinton and the russian foreign minister. it may signal that russia is finally willing to take u.n. action to send a message to bashar al assad to stop the killing. russia one of syria's few remaining allies and so far have agreed to any interactions to stop the killing of t
. >> pelley: children under the gun in syria's civil war. jim axelrod on new research that reveals brain damage among athletes in many sports not just football. and rumors have swirled around kate middleton. mark phillips with an announcement today from the palace. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening. president obama sent a sharp warning today to bashar al-assad the syrian dictator who is fighting a rebellion by his own people. assad has not used his chemical weapons, including nerve gas, but the possibility that he might threatens to pull the united states into that middle east conflict. here's how mr. obama put it. >> i want to make it absolutely clear to assad and those under his command. the world is watching. the use of chemical weapons is and would be totally unacceptable. and if you make the tragic mistake of using these weapons, there will be consequences and you will be held accountable. >> pelley: so why did the president say it today? david martin hat the pentagon has been talking to his sources. >> reporter: th
nuclear weapons. >>> the u.s. is considering military options if syria uses chemical or biological weapons against opponents of the assad regime. u.s. intelligence has detected signs the syrian regime has begun preparing chemical weapons for possible use. it's believed syria has chemical and biological weapons stored at some two dozen sites. speaking in washington yesterday, president obama issued a pointed warning to president bashar assad. >> the world is watching. the use of chemical weapons is and would be totally unacceptable. and if you make the tragic mistake of using these weapons, there will be consequences and you will be held accountable. >> the assad regime won't admit it has chemical weapons, but says if it did, it would not use them. >>> in egypt today, opponents of president mohamed morsi plan a huge protest march and a general strike. crowds have started to gather in cairo's tahrir square. holly williams is in cairo. holly, good morning to you. what's the latest there now? >> good morning, terrell. well, president morsi's opponents are calling this a final warning to the pr
syria mess. ones where this thing is going. what's the latest on that. >> the feeling in the administration is they're gathering intelligence information on an hourly basis to try to figure out what's happening to the stockpiles of chemical weapons. with they being mixed, moved, is there anything of dire immediate consequence about that? there is a report in the "sunday london time "there is a convert operation to take arms from libya. the united states is okay with that, to give it to the opposition. the position of the u.s. government has not changed. they will not directly or indirectly arm the opposition in libya or anywhere else. the sense is, this is on an hour-to-hour basis and the immediate danger for not only the syrian civilians but the fate of the assad government is a top concern for the administration. >> schieffer: as tragic as all this is, isn't the real problem knowing who to aid? i mean, we say we want to aid those that are opposing assad, but we don't know who some of these people are. some of them we know where al qaeda. >> right. that has long been
in syria. margaret brennan is at the nato headquarters in brussels. >> reporter: hillary clinton just finished her last nato meeting as secretary of state. military alliance decided not to intervene in syria to stop the killing that has taken the lives of nearly 40,000 people. they are sending patriot missiles to turkey, to create a shield to protect against potential chemical weapons attack. >> we've made our views absolutely clear to the syrians, to the international community through various channels, public, private, direct, indirect that this is a situation that the entire international community is united on. >> reporter: secretary clinton said the missile shield will only be used for defensive purposes. nato did not discuss a no fly zone or safe haven to protect syrians. for "cbs this morning," margaret brennan, nato headquarters, brussels. >>> in an interview on tuesday, i asked former defense secretary robert gates about the worsening situation in syria and the possibility of the government using chemical weapons against the rebels. >> what should we do in syria if they attem
is better than none. >> pelley: elaine, thank you. syria's civil war is getting closer to the dictator. today there were battles between the assad military and rebels around the capital, damascus, a mortar slammed into a school near the capital, killing at least nine students. it's not clear who fired it. outside journalists rarely get inside syria, but our elizabeth palmer reached damascus and the families suffering there. >> reporter: this is the new normal in damascus: going to work past military checkpoints. random explosions and heavily armed soldiers. trying to ignore the charred wreckage of car bombs, knowing there will be others which could explode any time, anywhere. a twin blast in a neighborhood last week killed more than 30 people. the community rallied to repair shattered windows and walls, but any feeling of security is gone. across the capital, people are gradually adjusting to the encroaching war. "my children don't go to school any more" this man told me. "and everyday we hear the noise of shelling all around us." does it scare you at night? >> of course, i'm not scare
to assure his safety but is back in the palace today. >>> in syria, battles between government and rebel forces are closer to president assad. there are reports of fighting just outside the capital city of damascus increasing fears the syrian government may start using chemical weapons. meanwhile, u.n. secretary- general ban ki-moon has hinted he would not favor an asylum deal for assad even as a way to end syria's civil war. >>> silicon valley pioneer john mcafee is now in guatemala seeking asylum after spending weeks in hiding. mcafee, who founded the santa clara software security company, is wanted for the murder of a neighbor in belize. he says he is innocent. mcafee spoke to the "associated press" in a restaurant in guatemala city after sneaking out of nearby belize. >>> 4748 now. new york police say a suspect is in custody and has implicated himself in the death of a man who was pushed on a subway track. ki-suck han died after being hit by a train at times square. han is shown in a confrontation with a suspect in a surveillance video shortly before being shoved on the track. witnes
go to war in syria? the u.s. is spying on the ictator's chemical weapons. there's new intelligence on that and word that syria may be losing its best ally. david martin at the pentagon, margaret brennan with hillary clinton, and elizabeth palmer a rare look inside the war. >> reporter: in the hospital's intensive care unit, the men can't speak but their injuries do. >> pelley: today, the first
. thank you so much. to the crisis now in syria. there are growing fears this morning that as opposition forces advance, a desperate assad regime may consider using chemical weapons. as events on the ground pick up speed so do diplomatic efforts. susan mcginnis has details on a high level meeting between the u.s. and russia. susan, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning. intelligence reports are suggesting as this regime gets closer to falling, syrian president, bashir al assad could release sirin gas on the people there to subdue the rebellion. this would be a new phase of the war. it has the u.s. uniting with russia to stop it and some here on capitol hill calling for u.s. military intervention. rockets streak across the syrian sky as the battle between rebel forces and troops move to outskirts of the capital of damascus. jeffrey white says it's only a matter time before the bloody civil war is over. >> you can feel it. you can sense it. looks like the regime is being defeated. >> reporter: intelligence officials say chemical weapons believed to be stored at this syrian base ha
to syria, and the aivil war could be approaching a tonning point tonight. rebels are threatening the damascus airport. the assad regime's lifeline tots few remaining allies. charlie d'agata has more on this. >> reporter: the outskirts of amascus have become a grttleground with some of the fiercest fighting the city has seen yet. syrian rebels say they're closing in on the capital street by street. ow within their sights is their biggest target-- the damascus international airport, about 12 heles southeast of the city. poavy bombardment reported today in the suburbs in the surrounding area. rebel leaders called the airport a legitimate target, and gave a atark warning to the regime and outside travelers to avoid it at all costs. fighting near the airport force the suspension of commercial flights this week. some airlines have already stopped all together. a rebel takeover of the airport ould also cut off weapon supplies and regime allies like iran says andrew tabler of the washington institute of near wa east policy. >> as the country's longest runways, from that location that jet
is released. >>> there's been an escalation of the civil war in syria. the united states and nato officials say syrian forces for the first time used scud ballistic missiles against rebel forces. incendiary bombs were also deployed by the troops. they say as they become more desperate, they're using more vicious weapons. it's estimated more than half a dozen scuds were fired in northern syria. meanwhile rebel troops continue to advance on the capital damascus. >>> oregon police have identified a gunman who shot up a portland area malibu don't have a motive. they say jacob roberts apparently had no specific attack when he began tuesday afternoon. >> reporter: 10,000 people were in the mall when the shooting began. the rush of christmas shopping became a rush to survive. bob schwab was walking nearby. >> reporter: what did you hear? >> i heard bang, bang, bang, bang. >> reporter: steven for sight who ran a business died at the food court. 15-year-old christina was seriously wounded. >> what she had to do to get out of the situation, it's clear to me she's a very brave young woman. >> reporter
oversight. >>> and there's a sliver of hope toward ending the 21 month civil war in syria. an anonymous u.s. official told the "associated press" secretary of state hillary clinton and a top russian diplomat will hold a surprise meeting with the united nations peace envoy foreseers. still, this comes amid signs the country's leader bashar assad is edging closer to using chemical weapons against syrian rebels. >>> germany's cabinet today approved sending patriot air defense missiles to turkey to protect the country against attacks from syria. mortar rounds and shells from syria have killed several turks in recent weeks. the decision on the missiles must still be endorsed by the german parliament. >>> superstorm sandy and the "fiscal cliff." a lot of factors could shake up tomorrow's jobs report. we'll have a preview coming up. >> and it looked like new year's eve in seattle. pot smokers light up in celebration of washington's new law but it comes with some limitations. ,,,,,,,,,, ,,,,,,,,,, ♪[ music ] >>> the music world is mourning the death of jazz pioneer dave brubeck who died yesterd
secretary of state hillary clinton plans to meet with russian diplomats and a u.n. peace envoy for syria. the civil war ramped up in recent days with violent attacks and the u.s. fears syria's leader bashar assad is closer to using chemical weapons against anti-government rebels. >>> a new warning about a baby recliner titled to several infant deaths. >> plus, new tires, gps upgrades? the tricky way state lawmakers got taxpayers to fix up their personal cars. >>> and an amazing rescue under water how a group of scuba divers helped free a giant pregnant whale shark when we come back. ,, ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, they cut off a thick rope tt had wrapped itself around te animal's body .. the whale k is 33 feet lon >>> a group of scuba dives in mexico rescued a pregnant whale shark. they cut off a thick rope that this wrapped itself around the animals' body. it could have been months or years. there's barnacles on the rope. the whale shark is 33 feet long. it weighs 15 tons. whale sharks are the largest fish species in existence. despite their size, they are considered harmless to humans. they
: tonight the battle for syria, as rebel forces continue their advance on damascus high wvel diplomats say the conflict is getting worse amid claims al qaeda fighters in the country are getting stronger. david martin at the pentagon with the latest. with the fiscal cliff looming the future of many small businesses is up in the air. randall pinkston heads up the cost of uncertainty for one owner. a therapy already used with adults shows promise in treating children with advanced leukemia. this young girl shares her
our top story this half hour. the civil war in syria. fierce fighting is reported within a few miles of damascus the capital and rebel forces are said to be trying to capture the city's international airport. margaret brennan has just returned from covering secretary of state hillary clinton's trip to ireland where she discussed syria with her russian counter part. margaret, good morning to you. tell us about the fighting to seize the airport. >> reporter: well, it's really heating up rebecca. it's raging inside the capital as rebels terrorize to seize the airport and cut off the regime's supplies. the russian's, one of bashir al assad's remaining allieses and u.n. officials don't believe the syrian president can survive this war. that is why there's this new diplomatic push to prepare a new syrian government. secretary clinton and the russian foreign minister agreed to revive a road map for a political transition. it calls for elections that include candidates from the syrian opposition. yesterday secretary clinton acknowledged it's going to be hard to do that whi
of the victims. >>> some more deadly violence today in syria. 16 people were killed in a car bomb blast near damascus. this comes as more international figures are talking about an end to president assad's government in syria. russian deputy foreign minister minister said today it appears assad's days are numbered in that country. >>> the question now, where is john mcafee? he has been back in the united states but still no sign of the software tycoon. he was last seen leaving miami international airport last night after guatemala authorities put him on a plane when he was kicked out of the country for crossing the border illegally. >> it was a very tricky negotiation getting out of guatemala. they wanted to return me to belize. the problem was that again police in guatemala are going to be signing a peace accord early next year. belize demanded my return. >> no one knows where he is now probably somewhere in florida. mcafee snuck into guatemala to escape questioning by belize police after his neighbor was murdered. >>> instead of recalling san francisco sheriff ross mirkarimi a group is gat
september. >>> russia is work on talks to end a 21-month-old conflict in syria. the syrian government is ready to talk with its opponents. now russian's foreign minister is calling on syria to make good on the offer. they are working with egyptian diplomats. russia expects to meet a senior american diplomat next month on the issue. >>> "stormin' norman has died. retired general norman schwartzkopf died of complications from pneumonia. he spent his entire life in the military. in vietnam, he rescued a wounded soldier by marking land mines with shaving cream. he later commanded the american- led coalition in the first iraq war. schwartzkopf was 78. >>> 5:37 now. police say a police officer who lives in antioch returned to his home to find three burglars inside the house. it happened on wednesday night. the officer tried to chase the suspects but stopped when one of them fired a shot into the air. apparently with a gun stolen from that officer's home. >> it appears to be random. like many cities in the bay area, our residential burglaries are on the rise and have been for quite some time
republican support. >>> in "your world this morning," fighting is intensifying in syria between government troops and rebel forces. the rebels are close to capturing the airport that serves the capital of damascus. the syrian air force has responded by dropping bombs on rebel positions. u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton has repeated her warning to the syrian government not to use chemical weapons. >>> political crisis is worsening in egypt, as well. the country's supreme court judges have walked out on strike joining a growing protest against president mohamed morsi in response to morsi's edict that his actions are above judicial rule. >>> in japan investigators say missing bolts may have caused concrete ceiling slabs to fall on cars in a highway tunnel killing nine people. yesterday's accident happened deep inside the three-mile-long tunnel about 50 miles west of tokyo. the government says 49 highway tunnels throughout japan will be inspected immediately. >>> some more details surrounding that troubled relationship of kansas city chiefs player javon belcher and his girlfriend kasand
and 10:9 a.m. >>> anti-government activists say fighting is intense in syria. in comes after president obama issued a warning to the assad regime not to use chemical weapons. secretary of state hillary clinton says if assad goes down that road, there will be consequences. >> suffice it to say we are certainly planning to -- to, uhm, take action if that eventuality were to occur. >> turkey has been supportive of the syrian opposition and is concerned about possible retaliation by syrian missiles. >>> a u.s. navy spokesman says no american drones are missing despite claims by iran that it captured one. commander jason filata says all the unmanned surveillance aircraft in the region are accounted for. other nations in the gulf including the united arab emirates have scan eagle drones in service. >>> another attempt today to salvage the national olympic league season but this time without the top two negotiators. six team owners and six players scheduled to meet without commissioner gary bettman and the union executive. it's been 80 days since the players were locked out in a contract disp
obama said the servicemember gave his life for the fellow american. >>> the fighting in syria has spilled over into lebanon. there are reports four people died in tripoli on sunday, 12 others were wounded. also u.s. and russian diplomats met in moscow again sunday trying to broker a cease-fire. as david martin reports there's growing concern that al qaeda is influencing the rebels. >> reporter: videos set to show the aftermath of a syrian air strike shows graphic evidence of a life-and-death battle, which high-level diplomats say is bad and getting worse. despite its air power, the assad regime appears increasingly defensive. it includes a global number of radical islamists. >> the jihadees are getting big and bigger. the longer the conflict goes on, the bigger it will get. >> reporter: the gee ha des are an offshoot of al qaedas in iraq. according to jeffrey white, a former analyst for the defense intelligence agency, they are now turning the tide against the assad regime. >> they are very good fighters. they are -- they give the rebels a combat edge. they're quite willing to die
virus. the focus of the trip is the crisis in syria. and the obama administration has granted one group affiliated with the rebels a terrorist organization that has alleged ties to al qaeda. any assets in the u.s. are frozen, and americans are barred from doing business with it. >>> the body of the navy s.e.a.l. killed during a mission to rescue an american doctor from the taliban is on its way home. the family of dr. dilip joseph released a statement praising the s.e.a.l.'s hero im. he was part of seal team six, the unit that killed osama bin laden. it remain unclear if he was on that mission. david martin reports. >> reporter: the pentagon identified the navy s.e.a.l. killed as 28-year-old petty officer first class nicolas checque. part of a high-risk operation to rescue american dilip joseph before his taliban captors got him across the border into pakistan where u.s. forces cannot go. joseph, a medical adviser to the private aid organization morningstar development, had been kidnapped on wednesday along with two afghan staff members in the mountains east of kabul. according to u.s.
for aircraft missiles to go to turkey. four will accompany to defend against rocketh atangs against syria. and for the first time he spoke about intelligence that led to concerns that the assad regime was considering using chemical forces. panetta said there were clear indications that they were assembling weapons for using deadly sarin gas. >> panetta said the intelligence leveled off and there are no new indications that assad is planning to take the next step. >>> tomorrow the egyptians will begin voting on a new constitution. last night in cairo supporters and opponents of morsi fought in the streets. the new constitution was written by morsi's islamist supporters. it will divide the nation, but the measure is expected to pass. >>> back in this country southern california's in store for another day of high tides and flooding. the so-called king tides are the highest tides of the year formed by the alignment of the sun, moon, and architect. low-lying communities along the pacific coast highway were flooded. in some areas the tide reached seven feet. >>> we'll take a quick break on a fr
there to hear pope benedict's christmas message. he condemned violence in syria, mali and nij ear wra. he expressed hope that arab spring nations, including egypt, will rebuild societies based on justice and tolerance. the pope also prayed china's new leaders will shington's ability to avert the fiscal cliff. on monday before closing for christmas, the dow lost 52 points, while the nasdaq dropped eight. >>> new taxes to help pay for the affordable health care act take effect january 1st. the average american won't be spending more money to the irs. the wealthiest 2% of americans and the health care industry will pick up most of the tab. >>> milk is a staple in every home, ask starting in the new year you could be paying twice as much for it. a government subsidy expires at the end of this year. unless congress extends it, the cost could skyrocket to above $7 a gallon, putting a major hirchlg on families already struggling to make ends meet. >>> bad news for retailers. holiday sales proved this year it was the weakest since 2008. one report put the increase at just 0.7%, are far below anal
to the civil war in syria. for many tourists, spending christmas here in vatican city and hearing pope benedict speak is a once in a lifetime experience. >> amazing to see so many people here. probably of all faiths. and just wonderful to be a part of it. it's bigger than we are. >> it's something that encourages me to believe even more. >> reporter: before the mass, the pope lit a peace candle outside his window as a larger than life nativity scene was unveiled in st. peter's square below. the traditional midnight mass was moved up to 10:00 years ago to let the pontiff rest before his important christmas day speech. cbs news, the vatican. >>> president obama is in hawaii for christmas. the president is expected to spend a quiet day with his family. with the president and congress on a short holiday break, there's been no movement on fiscal cliff negotiations. before he left washington, the president said he believes a deal could be made before the december 31 deadline. >>> u.s. troops celebrated their 12th consecutive christmas in afghanistan. service men and women attended a service at the na
preconditions. for "cbs this morning," holly williams, cairo. >>> in syria this morning, rebel troops declared the airport in damascus to be a fair target, warning civilians to stay away. growing concern that syria's government to use chemical weapons. hillary clinton joined her russian counterpart. this morning, elizabeth palmer reports, hillary clinton says there are no easy answers. >> meetings yesterday were important but just the beginning and added nobody should believe it represented a breakthrough. clinton was more frank on president bashar al assad's lack of a place in seary's polityria future. >> every syrian must be included in this process for a new and better future. a future of this kind cannot possibly include assad. we go into these discussions with a clear sense of what we want to see accomplished, but a realistic understanding of how difficult it still is. >> second clinton said there would be another meeting in the coming days to discuss the way forward. for c"cbs this morning," elizabeth palmer, london. >> james baker, secretary of state under president george h. w. bush an
. >> one of the big challenges for the next secretary of state will be syria and our own mccormick spoke with secretary panetta and learned he is sending two missile batteries to turkey including 400 members of the u.s. military to help. does that signal a greater u.s. military involvement? >> what it signals is turkey is a member of nato. i have just come from turturkey. it has very serious issues with the number of refugees coming in. as a nato member we are really have to and want to and are committed to defending turkey so i think it is a 98nato issue and shows a sign we do not want the problems in syria to spread outside the borders. >> if in fact they begin to move chemical weapons, what should the united states and turkey and other country do so? >> people are very concerned about the use of the chemical weapons and also lack of control over them. and i think that there again, there will be -- president obama has made very clear that that is a line. and i think that there probably will be nato looking at it in a variety of -- >> looking at it meaning? >> more d
opportunity in new york city and chicago. >>> britain's "guardian" reports syria's military police chief defected from the army and declared his support for the rebels. he was shown making a statement on arab tv saying he's joining the people's revolution. he also claimed syria's army has committed massacres against the unarmed population. >>> also "the independent" the comet of the century is due to pass earth next year it could be the brightest comet seen in generations, even brighter than the full moon. >> even >>> all right. and we got police have plenty of clouds in the bay area. they are looming but it is dry outside. you can put away the umbrellas for at least one day. it's going to be chilly grab a jacket 46 in oakland, 48 in san francisco, and only 40 degrees in napa. 39 in fairfield. by this afternoon, low to mid- 50s and then chance of rain friday and saturday. >> announcer: this national weather report sponsored by mcdonald's. i'm lovin' it. i'm lovin' it. >>> a newspaper ousts >> a newspaper out, thousands of handgun owners. people are questioning.
. for the second consecutive day most internet and telephone service is down throughout syria. both sides blame each other for the outage 20 lebanese fighting with the rebels were killed inside syria on friday raising concerns about a widening conflict. >> the fbi on friday said they arrested two brothers in south florida and charged them with a plot to detonate a weapon of mass destruction in the united states. the two men arrested are u.s. citizens. the plot began in july of 2011 and law enforcement is actively pursuing leads that could lead to further arrests. >> meet the latest addition to the oregon zoo in portland. the 300 pound calf was born on friday. the zoo officials are asking the public for names. zoo officials both mother and baby girl are doing just fine. >>> and it's about 21 after the hour. time for lonnie and our first check of the weather. >> that was all covered in the saw dust. how about dusty. i like dusty. i like the picture i'm seeing across the country because there's only three areas with disturbed weather. a lot of nice weather out there. we heard
nottingham cbs 5. >>> president obama has a warning for syria's government. go after your people with chemical weapons and you will face serious consequences. >> the word is watching. the use of chemical weapons is and would be totally unacceptable. and if you make the tragic mistake of using these weapons, there will be consequences and you will be held accountable. >> u.s. intelligence suggests the assad regime may be planning sarin gas attacks against rebel forces. the lethal nerve agent is 500 times deadlier than cyanide. the syrian foreign ministry denies the reports. >>> a highway tunnel that collapsed and killed nine people in japan over the weekend reportedly passed safety checks just a few months ago. several cars were crushed when a section of concrete longer than a football field came crashing down sunday in the tunnel west of tokyo. inspectors believe loose bolts may be to blame. japan has now ordered emergency inspections of highway tunnels across the country. >>> two mexican nationals have been charge with killing a u.s. coast guards man. they have been were suspect
it looks like syria's president is on the way out. the deputy foreign minister said today that syrian president bashar assad is facing a likely defeat. he is calling for a compromise as rebels trying to oust assad are getting closer to the capital in damascus. >>> suicide is confirmed in the death of a nurse who fell for a break involve every involving the duchess of cambridge while she was -- who fell for a prank involving the duchess of cambridge when she was a nurse. the british nurse was found hanging in her room and three suicide notes were there. >>> it looks like authorities down in belize will not get to question john mcafee anytime soon because the antivirus software founder is back home in the united states. he flew into florida today arriving in miami international airport actually yesterday evening after being kicked out of guatemala for entering the country illegally. he had snuck in to dodge belize police who want to question him about his neighbor's murder. >> it was a very tricky negotiation getting out of guatemala. they wanted to return me it belize. the problem was
message. he stepped over the balcony overlooking st. peters square and condemned the vial fence syria. >> once again, i condemn the blood shed, easier access for relief to the displaced. >>> the pope also called for peace in north africa and between israelis and palestinians. just today, israelis approved the construction of another 1200 housing units for a construction on the west bank >>> more than 7600 new unwrapped gifts were delivered. firefighters drove around the city and delivered those toys. the toy drive wrapped up at 2:00 this morning >>> most people would rather be anywhere rather than anywhere but not nancy ray. this postal worker is carrying out a decades old san jose tradition by delivering express mail on christmas day. not just anyone can be one of santa's post-office helpers. you have to pay your dues first. >> i have been wanting to be santa on christmas day ever since i started with the postal service. and you need a lot of seniority to be able to be picked. >> reporter: ray has been with the san jose post office for 28 years. this is her third season delivering pa
this morning after the >>> fighting is on the rise again between government troops and rebel forces in syria. the rebels are close to taking control of the airport that serves the capital. the syrian air force has responded by dropping bombs on rebel positions. meanwhile u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton has repeated her warning to the syrian government not to use chemical weapons. >>> the political crisis is worsening in egypt, as well. the country's supreme court judges have walked out on strike joining a growing protest against president mohamed morsi in response to morrissey's edict that his rules are above judicial review. the judges say they will remain on strike until morsi rescinds the decree. >>> the japanese government says 49 highway tunnels will be inspected immediately after a deadly accident. investigators say missing bolts may have caused concrete ceiling slabs to fall on cars in a highway tunnel killing nine people. the the accident happened yesterday deep inside a three- mile-long tunnel 50 miles west of tokyo. >>> and michelle we are getting more details around the tr
gave syria a warning asis morning at the use of s the al weapons. as margaret brenner reports, the eecretary raised the possibility of a larger role for the united >> rep states. >> reporter: during a stop here in prague, secretary of state issued a stern warning to bashar al assad not to use chemical weapons. ta she said the u.s. is planning to take action if there is credible evidence of a threat. she did not say whether there that woinformation that would suggest an attack is imminent. theire reiterated, chemical heapons are a red line for the ed statstates. >> i'm not going to telegraph in any specifics what we would do hatthe event of credible evidence that the assad regime hemicalorted to using chemical weapons against their own people. >> reporter: the international community has failed to peop intervene in the conflict that as killed nearly 38,000 syrians since the uprising began. e are ds this morning," margaret brennan, prague. >>> in japan this morning at least nine people are dead after it's unclof a highway tunnel collapsed. it's unclear why those massive concrete
? >> well what doesn't he is probably a good answer. syria is a volatile situation. the president knows that the situation with iran and nuclear weapons is intense. all that and much much more. >> all right major garrett, thank you. >>> meanwhile, the fiscal cliff negotiations here in washington are going nowhere and congress is headed home for christmas. house speaker john boehner had to cancel a vote on his plan "b" when he couldn't find enough republican support. nancy cordes is on capitol hill. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. it was a risky strategy from the beginning, designed to give speaker boehner more leverage in his negotiations with the president. but it backfired when too many of his own republicans balked at a bill to keep the bush era tax rates in place for anyone making under $1 million. the speaker held a press conference a short time ago to explain what went wrong. >> there was a perception created that that vote last night was going to increase taxes. now, i disagree with that characterization of the bill. that impression was out there. and
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